From Nasir Shuaibu, Bauchi
Oxfam International in Nigeria, a non- governmental organisation (NGO) has celebrated this year International Women’s Day with over 50 girls of the Bill and Melinda Gate College of Health Technology Ningi, Bauchi.
The Oxfam-Line Project Coordinator for Bauchi, Mr. Samuel Lashom, while celebrating the 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) said that morethern 112, 000 women farmers in 14,000 households have suffer benefited from Oxfam 5 yesrs agricultural project in the 6 LGAs of the state.
According to Lashom, said that the objective of the event was join the rest of the World in celebrating IWD as well as organising lecture to educate, enlighten and sensitized the upcoming female students the importance of girls child education with a special consideration to health related issues against women in the society.
“Women all over world have proven their mettle in all facets of human endeavours that include Science, Politics, Financial Management, Governance and Technological Advancement which are key elements of Nation building”.
“The ‘Break Bias’ against women theme of 2022 IWD has succinctly captured the challenges women are facing towards realising their full potentials in this part of the world and we just have to break those barriers”, said Lashom.
Lashom said, “Nigeria is not doing enough. One of the setbacks that we have just witnessed was the bill that the National Assembly just kicked out, and for us, I think this is one major setback that organisation like Oxfam are worried about.”
Added that the International Women’s Day has given them an opportunity to call on the attention of all the stakeholders to come back to the discussion around women equality and also ensuring gender equality.
Also speaking, the Oxfam Gender focal person-Line Project, Zulai Abdulmalik said that the day was set aside in order to celebrate women across the globe.
She said the 2022 International Women’s Day is aimed at recognising the contribution of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.
“The year 2022 is pivotal for achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction which are some of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century”, she noted
“Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach”, she quoted UN Women as saying.
“The issues of climate change and sustainability have had and will continue to have severe and lasting impacts on our environment, economic and social development”, she said.
BausheTimes reports that some stakeholders who graced the occasion are; traditional and religious leaders, CSOs, women and girls among others who called for women inclusiveness in decision making bodies.